John French biography

Dealer in Lumber, Lath, Shingles, Cedar Posts, Sash, Doors and Blinds, at lowest rates; come and see me. I sell only Michigan Lumber, best of Fencing and Common Lumber; any one in need of Window Blinds, or Door and Window Screens, will do well to call and see stock and samples; Pecatonia. Born in Ohio in 1833; came to this Co. [Winnebago County] in 1849; has held offices of Supervisor, School Trustee, etc.; married Miss Sarah Whittlesey, March 8, 1860; she was born in Ohio; have three children: Josephine, Nellie and Gertie.

Source: [Anonymous], The History of Winnebago County, Ill., Its Past and Present (Chicago: H. F. Kett & Co., 1877), p. 565.